As a whole, the new collection was very classic and tailored. Designers Miho Aoki and Thuy Pham primarily used a neutral color palate of black, white, and gray. A few print dresses and tops crept into the mix, breaking up similar styled-garments.
One highlight of the show was the wild hair worn by the models. Curly-haired myself, I appreciated this different and unorthodox approach to hair styling. Unfortunately, I did not feel that the trendy hair and make-up properly reflected the overall feel of the collection.
I do enjoy Miho and Pham’s ability to create well-constructed garments that are wearable in everyday life. Although many of the tailored knee-length skirts are not too fashion-forward, their woolen coats and knit sweaters are both wearable and unique in design. Architectural lines and asymmetrical shapes make each piece more interesting.
Japanese-born and F.I.T. graduate Miho Aoki founded United Bamboo in 1998 along with fellow Vietnamese-born designer Thuy Pham. Fall 2004 marked their debut runway show and the team’s popularity among fashion insiders and consumers has continued to grow in recent years.
– Megan Eileen McDonough
Photos via NYMag.